'Cuse pulls away late for win


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Hakim Warrick took off far from the
basket, soared high and came down with a one-handed slam for a
highlight-reel dunk.

It was the beginning of the end for Notre Dame.

Warrick's high-flying jam sparked Syracuse (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) to an 81-70
victory over Notre Dame on Saturday.

The Orangemen, who had shot just 5-of-16 until then, made their
next six shots during a 13-0 run to move ahead 23-15. They never
trailed again.

"Everything Notre Dame tried to do defensively, we caught it,"
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "Everything they tried to do, we
had an answer for."

With Warrick powering his way past Irish defenders and Billy
Edelin darting down the lane for layups to score 15 of his 17
points in the second half, the Orangemen (13-1, 3-0 Big East)
dominated down low.

They outscored the Irish (8-5, 2-2) 46-26 inside, including
30-16 in the second half, and easily beat Notre Dame for the fifth
straight time.

"With all of the big men Notre Dame has, I'm surprised they
didn't have more buckets in the paint," Warrick said. "Going in,
we were expecting them to have 40 to 50 points through their big

Warrick had 19 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks, two steals and
two assists. But his inside moves and dunks were most impressive.

"He hits the shots when he spins off of you," said Torin
Francis, who led the Irish with 17 points and 10 rebounds. "I
tried to put my body on him and not give him space, but once you
give him space, he goes to the bucket every time."

Boeheim said he sat Edelin for a few minutes after he started
the first half shooting 1-of-5 from the field.

"He was careless and wasn't making good plays," Boeheim said.
"When I put him back in, he made the plays."

Gerry McNamara also had 17 points for the Orangemen, who have
won 13 straight since a season-opening loss to Charlotte. Josh Pace
added 12 points for Syracuse, which finished with only eight

The defending national champions have beaten the Irish in 10 of
the last 11 meetings.

"We are not in Syracuse's territory, not this team, not right
now," Irish coach Mike Brey said.

Tom Timmermans, who was 7-of-10 shooting, finished with a
career-high 16 points for the Irish. Chris Quinn also had 16
points, and Chris Thomas added 13 on 5-of-18 shooting.

Timmermans said the Irish were simply outhustled.

"They got more loose balls than us," he said. "We have to
come up with those to win the game. We need to have people diving
on the floor. We didn't really do that."

Francis scored inside and hit a free throw to complete a
three-point play that cut Syracuse's lead to 48-47 with 14:39 left.
But the Orangemen quickly responded with a 14-6 run, with Edelin
scoring seven points. They put it away with a 9-0 run late.

"We missed some easy shots, but we moved the ball, looked
around for each other and were unselfish," Boeheim said.